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August 2, 2010 9:04:57 AM

Hello!
I am going to buy a new gaming pc late this month or early next month. Below are my component options.
CPU, & MOBO :- 1. i7 870, msi p55 gd 65
2. i7 950 , gigabyte ga x58a ud3r
3. i7 875k , msi p55 gd 65
i7 950 system (including ram) will cost me $150 more if the price drops later this month. Will the performance be high enough to justify the higher price? Keep in mind that I wont upgrade my cpu for atleast 3 years. But I will upgrade gpu and may use sli or crossfire. So the cpu must not cuse any bottleneck. Plus x58a ud3r has dual 16x pci-e rails, supports tri sli and xfire. i7 875k setup will cost almostcthe same as the i7 950 setup. So which one is the best option?
RAM :- I am a little bit confused about ram. Which is more important, speed or timing? W hich will perform better? A 1333mhz with 7 sec timing or a 1600 mhz 9 sec timing? If I choose lga 1366 setup, I am thinking of buying 3*1 gb kit for now and buy another one later. Will 3 gb of ram be too low for gaming? And how does 6*1 gb setup performs compaired to 3*2 gb setup?
GPU:- Here is my gpu options and their prices in India....
1. galaxy gtx 460 768 mb stock - Rs 11500 ($ 250)
2. zotac and palit gtx 460 1 gb stock Rs 14500 ($ 315)
3. radeon hd 5850 -Rs 16000 ($ 350)
4. radeon hd 5870- Rs 22000 ($480)
5. gtx 470 -Rs 22000 ($480)
xbitlabs.com review shows that gainword gtx 460 (factory oced to 800 mhz) gives minimum fps simmiler to hd 5870. Considering zotac gtx 460 overclocks to 835 mhz, will it match the gainword in minimum fps? And how easy or tough it is for a first time overclocker to overclock the zotac card? And if I can find a gtx 460 factory oc at the same price of 5850, which one should I go for? Or should I buy a 5770 for now and wait for next gen card as none of current gen cards have enough juice to handle directx11 proprly.
PSU :- corsair 750tx or 850hx. 850 hx costs $55 more. Does it has enough power to support 3 gpus? Are the extra pci e connectors worth any real use?
CASE :- nzxt tempest evo. Its $25 cheaper than haf 922 and has all the fans preloaded. But does it has enough space for sli with a physx card setup?
HDD :- seagate 1.5 tb 7200 rpm.
OPTICAL :- dvd writer
SOUND CARD :- ASUS xonar dx
SPEAKER :- Suggest me a 5.1 speaker within $120. Listning to music is my first priority.
KBM :- Suggest me a wireless combo wihin $100. Must provide comfortable gaming.
MONITOR :- Suggest a 24 incher with hdmi within $200



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August 2, 2010 9:30:44 AM

Lots of questions there! :) 

Lets get started:

CPU: Sticking to the 1366 platform is better. In future you would get a better upgrade path. So i would say i7 930 is good enough for the next 2 years.

RAM: Both are important. You would need a balance. There are 1600MHz CL6 RAM's available so i would say go for them.

GPU: If you can get the Palit GTX460 Sonic then its the best deal. It beats in most benchmarks and costs less too. In futur, just SLI.

PSU: Corsair is the best brand you can rely on. TX750W is ample room for a single or a double GPU setup. You wont need 3 GPU's. Tri-SLI doesn't scale all that well. If you are interested in 3 GPU's, get a 1000W PSU to be safe!

CASE: I would Lian Li or HAF932. With GPU's getting bigger, its better to have a full tower.

HDD: Always Western Digital for me.

Optical Drive: I prefer Sony. DU845AS is quite a nice DVD Writer. But looking at the future Blu Ray drives may be a thing to consider. But they are a lot more expensive.

Keyboard and Mouse: For gaming i prefer wired solutions. Razer Lachesis and Arctosa or Lycosa is a good combination.

Monitor: Dell ST2410 is a nice one or G2410.

I hope i have covered all. The sound aspect, i am not that clear so didnt mention them so wait for the others to reply on that.

August 2, 2010 10:50:27 AM

Actually I am talking about i7 950.

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August 2, 2010 11:35:31 AM

I know that, but i said even an i7 930 would serve you well. i7 950 is quite a bonus. But what is its price?
August 2, 2010 7:44:31 PM

I will buy after the price of i7 950 drops later this month. But why currently i7 950 costs twice as much of i7 930. Apart from clock speed, does i7 950 has any other advantage over i7 930?


August 3, 2010 7:40:43 AM

Other than the higher clock rates i did not find any other significant differences. Its the first i7 to push the 3.0GHz barrier. Only expect a few frame rate gains. But the cost is definitely not impressive now. $580. You can get a i7 930 overclock it and save that rest and buy a HD5970! Gaming is more GPU dependent.
August 4, 2010 7:21:57 AM

how does p2350 performs in games?

August 4, 2010 7:58:05 AM

Dell ST2410, G2410 or U2410 are better. U2410 is an IPS panel and would cost a bomb!
August 4, 2010 9:04:31 AM

Dell's availability is a problem wheere I live. How bad is p2350?
August 4, 2010 10:11:57 AM

I think Dell's website would have all of them and maybe a few more better models as well.

P2350 is quite good for gaming. If its Samsung then get something on their 24 inch list.
August 7, 2010 8:30:59 AM

I have some more questions about the gpu. I want my gpu setup to be competitive winlth ps4 era graphics. Will upcoming gtx 475 will be able to do that or should I buy gtx 468 768 mb for now and upgrade to southern islands later. Also will xbox 720 have directx 12?
And how about the performance of logitech x540 5.1 speakers? Music playing skill is most important to me.

August 9, 2010 6:43:25 AM

Logitech X-540 is a good speaker. Also Z5500. For speakers others maybe in a better position to answer.

About your GPU, you are thinking way too much ahead. Get a GTX460 1GB now and then SLI later. I would beat GTX475. It beats GTX480 now. So no worries there.
August 11, 2010 10:37:51 AM

But how long i7 950 will be able to handle latest dual gpu setups? Wont it get backdated with the launch of lga 2011? Will it be more future proof than i5 750?


August 18, 2010 2:12:58 PM

I want to know if gtx 475 sli will be able to compete with ps4 era graphics. Plus will i7 950 will have any real world performance advantage over i5 760? Will i7 950 be more futureproof ? Come on guys! Many questions are still unansered.
August 18, 2010 2:49:09 PM

the i7 is better than the i5, especially given that the 760 is the last and fastest CPU for its socket. go i7.

consoles will never measure up to pcs graphically, get the 460 and SLI later. if youre really worried, get a 5870.

i know the 465 is a watered down 470, i imagine the 475 is the same of the 480. this means youll lose performance, but keep the power-hunger and the noise.
August 18, 2010 2:55:25 PM

PS4?? We dont even know when its gonna be released so we cant say wat kind of graphics we may get on that. So totally no answer to that! :) 
August 18, 2010 6:47:24 PM

i5 760 is not the fastest cpu for lga 1156. It has i7 800 series on top of it. I know i7 950 has the better arcitecture. But currently it does not have any advantage over i5 760 or i7 870. Infact in some cases its slower than i7 870.Will this change anytime soon or i5 760 will always stay competitve? If i7 950 does not lasts longer then no point spending more for it.Btw Gtx 475 will be the full gf 104 chip, not a cutdown gf 100
August 19, 2010 7:46:46 AM

So what do you want to do?

If you want to i7 9xx spend a little more. Else just be get a i5 760 and game for the next two years easy.
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